Alternative Name(s); Children's Slide; Magic Lantern Slide

Lantern slide 'Ten Little Nigger Boys Went Out To Dine', circa 1900s. It depicts one verse from the rhyme, from in an incomplete set of seven lantern slides (originally there would have been eight). The slides were produced by W. Butcher & Sons, London, under the trade name Primus, as part 515 of the Junior Lecturers' Series A set of lantern slides.

The rhyme was adapted in the late 1800s from '10 Little Injuns', written by Septimus Winner in 1868. It was a standard of the blackface minstrel shows and became widely known in Europe. It was used by Agatha Christie in her novel 'Ten Little Niggers' (1939) which was later re-titled 'And Then There Were None'. The version of the rhyme used in Christie's book does not end as happily as the version used on these lantern slides. 'Ten Little Niggers' was also used as the title for a 1940s book of children's nursery rhymes.

Description of Content

Image of ten dark-skinned boys sitting at a table on a bench. Central boy on far side of table has his mouth open (choking). Window in background.

Physical Description

Glass lantern slide, square format, colour, bound around edge with black paper tape.

More Information